What I Learned from Being Overemployed…

When I was employed by two different organizations, both of whom allow me to work from the comfort of my own home. And while there are certainly some perks to this type of arrangement (no commute! pajamas all day!), there are also some things that I’ve had to learn the hard way. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned from my experience working from home.

Lesson 1: Be very strategic with your work schedules to assure all your assigned duties for both jobs are handled timely in your schedule timeblocks. Balancing two jobs can be tough, but with a little bit of strategic planning, it is possible to complete all your work on time. Here are a few tips for creating a work schedule that will help you stay organized and productive.

First, try to plan out your work hours for both jobs so that they overlap as little as possible. This way, you can focus on one task at a time without having to switch gears constantly. Second, make sure you allocate enough time for each task. If you know you need eight hours to finish a project at one job, don’t try to squeeze it into six hours at the other job. Lastly, be realistic about how much time you can actually devote to each task. There’s no use in promising yourself that you’ll work twelve hour days when you know that’s not going to happen.”

Lesson 2: Focus on the specific financial goals driving you to be overemployed.
Are you working two jobs to make ends meet? Are you finding it difficult to focus on your work when you’re also trying to take care of the household responsibilities? If so, here are some tips to help you better manage your time and stay focused on your goals. First, be realistic about how much time you can devote to each job. Second, establish specific deadlines for each job and stick to them. Third, create a schedule that outlines when you will work on each task. Fourth, keep a positive attitude and don’t get overwhelmed by the workload. Finally, take breaks when necessary and reward yourself for a job well done. By following these tips, you can effectively manage multiple jobs and achieve your goals!

Lesson 3: Establish your support system at home while you are overemployed.
With both my partner and I working full-time jobs, it can be hard to find time for each other. Adding in a third job – being a stay-at-home mom – can feel impossible. But with careful planning, a personal support system with family, and realistic goals, it is manageable. Here are some tips that have helped us make the most of our time together.

First and foremost, try to schedule regular date nights (or days) where you put everything else aside and focus on each other. Whether it’s taking a walk around the block, cooking dinner together, or just cuddling on the couch watching your favorite show, this time is essential for maintaining intimacy and connection.
Make sure you also carve out some one-on-one time with each child as well – even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes before bed reading stories or playing games. This helps them feel special and loved, which will only benefit them in the long run. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask family members for help when needed. Whether it’s watching the kids for an afternoon so you can catch up on errands or folding laundry while you take a break, they’ll likely be more than happy to lend a hand.
By following these tips we’ve been able to maintain our relationship while working two full-time jobs…and being parents! Juggling everything can be tough but it’s definitely doable with a little bit of effort.”

Lesson 4: Budget the additional funds overemployment provides wisely
Now that you have extra money coming in from your two remote jobs, it’s important to budget it wisely. Here are some tips for how to best use your additional income:
1) Determine what your priorities are and create a budget accordingly.
2) If you have any debts, focus on paying them off as quickly as possible.
3) save for rainy day fund – you never know when you might need it!
4) invest in yourself by using the money to take courses or buy materials that will help you advance in your career.
5) enjoy yourself and treat yourself to something nice every once in a while! After all, you’ve earned it!

Lesson 5: Keep your “overemployment” status private, especially from co-workers at either jobs.
The best-kept secret in the working world is having a 2nd job. Whether it’s to make extra money or just to have something to do, a 2nd job can be a great way to keep your finances stable and your days full. But one thing you need to remember is that keeping your 2nd job private is key, especially from co-workers at either job. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

1) Don’t tell anyone at your primary job about your 2nd job. This includes friends, family members, and even co-workers. The fewer people who know about it, the better. You never know who might accidentally let something slip out of curiosity or gossiping.
2) Keep your schedule for both jobs separate as much as possible. This means not overlapping shift hours, taking different days off work, etc. If people at either job start getting suspicious that you’re never around when they expect you to be, they may start asking questions that you don’t want to answer.
3) Be discreet with how often you talk about your 2nd job online or in person. Don’t post about it on social media, and try not to bring it up too often when talking with people outside of work (unless they already know). Again, the less attention you draw to it, the better.
4) Make sure any evidence of your 2nd job is hidden or removed from view if someone does ask about it unexpectedly . For example, if you have flyers for interviews or resumes lying around your house, put them away before anyone comes over; if you have a laptop open displaying an employment website while at home, close it quickly; and so forth.”

Lesson 6: Celebrate your small financial milestones while being overemployed.
What’s the best way to make money feel like less of a grind? Celebrate your small financial milestones along the way! As someone who’s juggling two remote jobs, I know that every little bit helps. Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate your own small wins.

Whether it’s saving up for a rainy day fund or paying off debt, every step in the right direction is something to be proud of. So take a moment to pat yourself on the back and enjoy your accomplishments! Small victories add up over time, so keep up the good work. 🙂

Lesson 7: Get some rest!
I’d encourage anyone who has the opportunity to work remotely, even if it’s just for a little while. It really opens your eyes to how much you can get done outside of a traditional office setting – and that there are so many opportunities out there if you’re willing to look for them. If you’re thinking about making the switch to working remotely full-time, I say go for it! Just be prepared to put in a little extra effort upfront to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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The Love-Hate Relationship with Job Interviews

We’ve all had that nervous feeling right before your next job interview. It’s nerve racking to say the least. If you’re new to the job search and career space, I completely understand your anxiety around interviews. Half the battle is the level of preparation that takes place before the interview takes place. The other half is keeping your “nerves” under control while you worry about how you will be perceived by the interviewer. In any case, you will still need to be mentally and physically be prepared. Each type of interview requires diverse preparation, which I talk about in this video. If you are looking for interview coaching before your next job interview, go here.

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Career Revamp Series – 1. Know Where You Are Now

I understand that some of you are dealing with some difficult circumstances with your finances right now. I want you to know something…you are in control of your own career and your income. If so, it may be time to revamp your career. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to do this, and you don’t necessarily have to go back to school or start from scratch. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Find a new job in the same field. If you’re unhappy with your current position, look for another job in the same field. This can be a great way to get a fresh start without having to learn entirely new skills or switch fields entirely. Sometimes, the best way to revamp your career is to switch fields entirely. If you’re not happy with your current industry, look into other options. You may be surprised at what you find.

3. Consider entrepreneurship. Are you the type of person who likes to be in control? If so, entrepreneurship may be the perfect way to revamp your career. This option allows you to be your own boss and set your own hours, giving you the freedom to work on something you’re passionate about.

4. Go back to school. If you want to make a complete career.

In the series, we will explore several phases of the career revamp. We will start off assessing where you are now.

1. What are your current skills?
2. What is your knowledge base?
3. Do you have experience with one or several industries?

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Do you need “Accomplishments” on your Resume?

Your resume is how employers first meet you…before they actually decide to have a conversation via email or telephone. Is your resume truly doing you any justice or causing you to get tossed in the throw away pile EVERY TIME?

In a previous video, I talked about how the “Summary of Qualifications” replaced the objective section on a resume. You can watch that video..here’s link here…

You will also need to add what you have accomplished in your previous job opportunities to show how you applied the knowledge, skills and expertise to achieve positive or desired results. Your future employer needs to know you can create those positive or desired results for them as well, so showcasing your accomplishments communicate it to them directly. The accomplishments are helping to market you better than other candidates that only communicate their skills, knowledge base and credentials.

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Interview Question Series: What pay rate are you looking for?

When you are in the #interviews, whether face to face, over the phone or through some form of video based technological platform, you must prepare for the possible questions they will ask and have your questions ready to ask the employer or employer representative as well.

I have experienced this question with quite a few employment agencies trying to gauge what rate of pay I am willing to accept. In the video, I talk about three (3) ways to respond to this interview question without committing to an actual pay rate before the job or career opportunity is offered.

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New to the job market? Do these 5 things…Part 4 of 5

We have come to the 4th part of the 5 part series where you are making the successful steps to be taken seriously in the job market, even if you’re new. Before we delve into the part 4 of the series, you will need resources from parts 1-3 to prepare you for part 4. Check them out here below:

Part 1

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Now that you have gotten caught up…Let get into part 4.

You are now taking your #jobsearch skills to the next level. If you went through part 1, you should already have your #resume completed. If you still need your resume completed, check out my resource to get it completed.

Now it’s time to use Google to your advantage for your local area. Follow the steps in the video, which are…
1. Look up local employment agencies in your area
2. Call at least 10 of them at a time to make in-person appointments
3. Complete each of their online profile before you go to the appointment.
4. Interview the employment agencies by having some general interview questions ready to ask to assure you are good fit for their agency
5. Follow-up with each employment agency representative until you find a good contract, temporary, part-time or full-time job opportunity.

No one is going to drop #job opportunities in your lap…you’ve got to go out there and find them.

In part 5, we will discussing how to use and prepare for #interviews because part 1 through 4 should have created some job or career opportunities at this time.

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